Religion: Potter Power

Down with the old "The World Council of Churches has become an ecclesiastical United Nations, a place for power plays." So lamented a leading U.S. orthodox theologian, John Meyendorff, last week during a meeting of the council's 140-member central committee in Jamaica. What worried Meyendorff and some others was that the council's approach to Christian unity has become too political. The central committee reaffirmed the council's Program to Combat Racism, despite church protests over its $85,000 grant to Rhodesia's Patriotic Front for "humanitarian programs." The front's guerrillas have been held responsible for...

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